During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump attacked U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on national television, saying that because Judge Curiel is Mexican, he couldn’t possibly rule on lawsuits against Trump University with impartiality, because of Trump’s promise to build the wall.
Judge Curiel ruled to allow the lawsuits to move forward, which obviously displeased then-candidate Donald Trump.
Trump was rightly trounced for his outright racist assertion that Judge Gonzalo Curiel could not perform his duty as a judge simply because of his background. Also, it was a bit stupid for Trump to have vocalized in the first place. The implication is that Trump’s “wall” plus numerous statements he had made against Mexicans would be fodder for a judge to rule against him in an unrelated matter.
So… Trump pretty much called himself out for racism, even though he balked when others called him racist. As he still does.
Ultimately, in March 2017, a federal judge allowed Trump University to settle three separate lawsuits — 2 of which were class-action, the other was fraud. The settlement was a $25 million deal, including payouts to more than 6,000 former Trump University students who had paid thousands of dollars for courses they described as worthless.
As luck would have it, Judge Curiel will hear a case on Friday that may well determine whether the federal government has the power to bypass environmental laws to build Trump’s wall. As first reported by McClatchy, a former Homeland Security attorney, Andrew Gordon called this case “very significant” and said that if Judge McClatchy rules against the Trump administration, he would effectively press pause on what Donald Trump seems to think is his emergency mission to get started on the wall.
— Stuart Leavenworth (@sleavenworth) February 5, 2018
There’s no way to predict how Judge Curiel will rule on the matter, but smart money says that if he rules in favor of the groups suing the administration, he will face additional racist attacks by Donald Trump.